2000 Ford Fiesta Ghia 1.25 Zetec




The heat from the A/C stopped working.

General Comments:

It was a pretty good car in its price range. Apart from the A/C malfunction, nothing went wrong.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2012

11th Jul 2014, 15:13

Just bought a Ford Fiesta Zetec S 2000 X reg, and took it for a spin and 3rd and reverse have stopped working. Is this common and is a new gearbox expensive? Not happy at all! :/

30th Jul 2016, 22:06

This car is very good. It never let me down. But sadly I had to get rid of it because it had severe rust problems, MOT won't pass and I didn't want to spend huge money on a 15 year old car. These Fiestas from 1996-2002 had common rust problems.

15th Aug 2016, 14:08

Yes there are few common problems with these 1990s Fiestas. Heater control valve, gearbox issues, rear arch rust and other body panel rust; also some of them are not great on fuel.

1997 Ford Fiesta Van 1.8 diesel


Very easy to own and maintain, but certainly not the quickest car of its line


Power steering cracked in the first year, but was fixed under warranty. Never bothered me since.

Timing belt was replaced at 140000, mainly out of precaution.

Fuel lines were cracked, but were replaced and never bothered me since.

Clutch pump replaced at 165000 km. Part was €70 from Ford.

Fractured alternator at 174000 km. Seal due to overuse of bad ball bearing. Attribute this to personal abuse. Replaced with rebuilt alternator for €281. Worked fine since.

Clutch disc and pressure plate replaced at 175000 km. Replaced for €170 total.

General Comments:

Of all the used cars I've purchased, this one has last me the longest (almost 6 years now). It's far from being plush or luxurious, but if you need something to get you from point A to point B every day and that is very fuel efficient as well as very low cost in terms of maintenance, this is the car for you. It's not the most comfortable car out there, but it's not as cramped as a Land Rover Defender either.

It's engine, a 1.8 Endura DE Diesel engine, has some fairly decent torque and is very well built in terms of reliability, but don't expect to be in any races with this engine as it's very sluggish climbing hills. Also, remember to change the timing belt every 60000km. This is a very serious recommendation if you wish to keep the maintenance cheap and keep the car on the road and not at the mechanic.

Most of the problems are pretty much attributed to wear and tear of just about any used car, and nothing really out of the normal. If you can look past that detail, you'll be pleased with it's incredible reliability and easy upkeep.

In general, a good buy, but just remember that you are getting a used car and there are ALWAYS precautions to take into consideration before buying, regardless of the make and model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2009

1992 Ford Fiesta wave 1.1


I like it, it's reliable. It's an economic car


Light fuses occasionally stop functioning, easy to replace.

Steering started making a strange squeaking noise.

Starter motor became noisy.

Reverse gear hard to use sometimes (since 80 000 km).

General Comments:

I would recommend this car as a economic vehicle. It's dirt cheap, and if you take good care of it, it can last for a lifetime.

It's a very simple car, almost no electronics, no luxury, no performance (it's a slow car).

I don't like its handling, you should go slow on this thing. Under-steers very easily. Not very stable.

But I like it. It's very reliable, I've had it for 120 000 km (got it with 80 000) and the only things I had to replace were the normal parts that wear out (oil, brakes, some light fuses, tires, etc).

I can make 5.5/100 km very easily. It won't go beyond 140Km/h anyway.

I would say for it's class it's one of the best models.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2006

27th Aug 2006, 13:43

I just got a Fiesta Wave and I have that same squeaking noise. Did you ever find out what it was?